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Chesapeake Forests Program Manager
(717) 517 8698
Ryan grew up on the coastal plain of Virginia and North Carolina, where he spent his time roaming the woods and catching all the fish, herps, and bugs that he could. He earned a B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and minor in Forestry at North Carolina State University so that he could keep chasing critters, now as a professional wildlife biologist. He worked in North Carolina, Nevada, and Missouri before attending West Virginia University for an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Always interested in the impacts of land management on wildlife, his thesis was on shrubland songbird ecology in relation to surface mining and unconventional gas development. He then briefly worked as an environmental scientist in West Virginia before becoming a Farm Bill biologist with Pheasants Forever in southwestern PA. His goal was to improve the quantity and quality of wildlife habitat across the landscape, and over his time there he honed his land management and public communication skills while learning about more ways to make real impacts for natural resource conservation. Ryan joined the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in April 2017. He is Program Manager on the Chesapeake Forests team, where he focuses on forest conservation and restoration within the watershed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.
When not working Ryan is outside as frequently as possible; his happiness is strongly correlated to the amount of mud and sunshine he’s exposed to. He loves hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, and trying to identify every plant, animal, and fungus he comes across. His favorite beings in the world are his lovely wife, Allyson, and mischievous beagle, Newt.